Great Neck Synagogue will host Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger on the Shabbat of January 30-31. Born in the shadow of World War II, Dr. Wollschlaeger’s father served as a Nazi Tank Commander and was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler himself.

As Dr. Wollschlaeger began to learn more about his family’s past, his inquiries and personal journey took him to Israel, where he eventually converted to Orthodox Judaism and served as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces.

He will share his remarkable story with the congregation at a Shabbat dinner on Friday evening, January 30 and in a presentation on Saturday afternoon, January 31.

The weekend’s program is in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied forces on January 27, 1945.

For more information or to RSVP for the Shabbat dinner, please contact the synagogue office at 516-487-6100 or visit


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